Symphony No.1 – (original long) for symphonic orchestra, Jazz drummer, & violin soloist by Lee McClure
With a duration of 32 minutes, this recording is of the premiere performance by the Eclectix Chamber Orchestra on May 16, 1988 at the New School Auditorium, NYC with Jeff Talman, conductor / Brian Willson, jazz drummer / Mark Feldman, concert master & violin soloist.
The Symphony employs the form of “stylistic variations” in which each statement of the main theme remains largely unchanged but in which each variation features a different style of music.
Running Time DESCRIPTION
FIRST JAZZ SECTION (6 min.) 0:00 Introduction 0:09 Main Theme – Viola, Cello, and Glockenspiel 1:01 Main Theme, Bossa Nova, C Major, full orchestra 1:56 Repeat Main Theme, fuller orchestra 3:20 Main Theme, Latin Variation, C Minor 4:19 Medium Swing, Variation on Latin chords, Fl, Ob, Cl 5:15 Variation on Latin chords, Violin I & II
CLASSICAL SECTION (10 min.) 5:46 Main Theme, Ravel variation 10:18 Main Theme, Neo-classical variation, (largo) 11:42 Main Theme, Echo Variation (andante) 12:34 Main Theme motives, Atonal Variation, (allegro) 13:08 Surprise Tonal 2nd theme 13:48 Return to Echo Var.
SECOND JAZZ SECTION (15 min.) 14:43 Main Theme, Slow C Minor Blues (swing), Vn Va Vc 15:37 C Minor Blues, full orchestra 16:29 Main Theme in bass, Jazz March, C Minor (with brushes) 17:07 Main Theme, Very Fast Jazz 4/4, C Minor, launch to: 18:27 Improvised Jazz drummer Cadenza, unaccompanied 19:42 Jazz Drummer solo continues with orchestra added 21:11 Latin Montuno in 9/8, Improvised Solo – Electric Violin 24:00 Main Theme, Latin, C Minor 25:03 Main Theme, Bossa Nova and Ravel Var. combined, C Major 26:07 First set of Riffs 26:42 Main Theme, Bossa Nova, in parallel major 6th chords 27:33 Second set of Riffs, trading two’s 28:23 1st False ending; pass-through: descending riff, rising chords 29:00 2nd False ending; Gershwin moment 29:21 Pedal point – followed by REAL False ending (applause) 30:14 Optional Reprise of Main Theme, Bossa Nova, C Major 31:38 (last bar)